Evaluation of the different strategies to oral cancer knowledge: a randomized controlled study
Article first published online: 7 SEP 2012
Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Volume 22, Issue 7, pages 1618–1623, July 2013
How to Cite
López-Jornet, P., Camacho-Alonso, F., Miñano, F. M. and Sanchez-Siles, M. (2013), Evaluation of the different strategies to oral cancer knowledge: a randomized controlled study. Psycho-Oncology, 22: 1618–1623. doi: 10.1002/pon.3189
- Issue published online: 5 JUL 2013
- Article first published online: 7 SEP 2012
- Manuscript Revised: 20 AUG 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 20 AUG 2012
- Manuscript Received: 3 JAN 2012
- oral cancer;
Oral cavity and pharyngeal cancer has been well recognized as a public health problem. Prognosis for oral cancer is substantially improved when diagnosed early. A study was made of the impact of different educational strategies upon knowledge of oral cancer, evaluating the intervention after 4 weeks.
Ninety subjects over 40 years of age were consecutively included and randomized to three different groups (video, leaflet, verbal information). All subjects completed a 20-item pre-test on their knowledge of the risk factors, signs, and symptoms of oral cancer, and posteriorly received the video, leaflet, or verbal information, with evaluation of the results after 4 weeks.
In relation to the items correctly answered at baseline, all subjects showed an increase in knowledge score after 4 weeks: verbal information 4.77 ± 3.31, leaflets 4.53 ± 3.44, and video 3.67 ± 3.31 – no statistically significant differences being observed for any of the three strategies.
The oral cancer knowledge score increased following the educational intervention, which proved successful over the short term. Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.